RCLA has partnered with the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington to produce these Electronic Hallway resources. The Leadership Stories and associated Usage Notes are an especially good fit with courses on leadership, nonprofit and public management, strategic planning, community organizing, and social movements.
These Leadership Stories focus on groups that exemplify an ability to develop strategic responses to social needs.
As much of the literature about organizational life cycles indicates, the age of an organization and developmental stage of an organization do not always advance at the same rate. There can be organizations that have been in existence for many years yet have few formal structures or processes in place, as well as organizations that are relatively “new” in years of existence, but which have already reached a quite developed organizational life stage. There are qualities of organizations in the developing organizational stage that can set them apart from organizations that have already established processes for how to respond to social needs.
These Leadership Stories offer an opportunity to examine how organizations have formulated strategic responses to pressing social needs and how their experience may contrast with approaches by organizations with more established processes.
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